Cloves are the unopened, fragrant pink bud of the evergreen clove tree, native to Indonesia. They are one of the most popular spices in the world. In addition to the sweet flavor that they give to the dishes to which they are added, cloves are well known for their medicinal properties.
We have decided to share with you the impressive health benefits of eating just 2 cloves a day.
Benefits of eating cloves regularly
1. They Strengthen The Immune System
Cloves are one of the best foods we can eat for immune support, as they increase the number of white blood cells in the body, which helps us fight infection. And that’s all thanks to the vitamin C they contain.
2. They improve digestion
Clove can be used as a remedy for digestive problems as it increases the secretion of digestive enzymes. They also reduce nausea. Not to mention, cloves are packed with fiber, which promotes digestive health and helps prevent constipation.
The best way to treat digestive problems with cloves is to consume them powdered or roasted with honey.
3. They can relieve toothache
This spice also has local anesthetic properties. If you have a toothache, place a nail on the irritated tooth to remove the discomfort until you reach the dentist.
4. They contribute to a healthy liver
The liver is responsible for detoxifying our body and metabolizing the medications we take. Eugenol in clove oil improves liver function.
5. They help reduce pain and inflammation in the body
Eugenol also gives cloves their analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. One way to take advantage of this is to use this spice as a headache remedy.
You can do this in two ways: consume them or use them topically. If you prefer to consume them, mix powdered cloves and rock salt with a glass of milk and drink it for headache relief.
If you want to use it topically, you can soak the cloves in coconut oil and massage your temples for relief.
6. They are good for bones and joints
Cloves contain certain elements such as flavonoids, manganese and eugenol that promote healthy bones and joints. These substances increase bone density, participate in the creation of bone tissue, and transport healthy minerals to our bones.
7. They have antibacterial properties
A study in Buenos Aires’ University tested the cloves against serious bacteria, such as E. coli Y staphylococci. Research has shown that clove oil is effective in killing these bacteria.
There’s even a recipe for an herbal mouthwash made with tea tree oil, cloves, and basil. According to the Department of Periodontics of KU Leuven University in BelgiumThis natural mouthwash can improve gum health and reduce the amount of bacteria and plaque in your mouth after just 21 days of use.
8. They are full of antioxidants
Cloves are the number one and most powerful source of polyphenols. Polyphenols are micronutrients that we absorb when we eat plants. They have great benefits for our body: they reduce cholesterol and blood pressure, improve the function and flexibility of the arteries and increase longevity.
9. They can help regulate blood sugar
Cloves are perfect for people with blood sugar problems, such as diabetes, because they act like insulin within the body. They help export excess blood sugar into cells, restoring balance and keeping blood sugar in check.
10. Slow down blood clotting
The eugenol found in cloves is known to decrease blood clotting. Just be aware that this can react badly with blood-thinning medications. You need to consult your doctor before you start adding more cloves to your diet.
Do you use cloves in your meals? Did you know about its health benefits?
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